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Climate Change, Melting Glaciers and Agriculture

December 18th, 2009

A vigil rally in Booni, northern Chitral, Pakistan was organized with Chitral Association for Mountain Area Tourism (CAMAT) to show support and solidarity with the climate change conference in Copenhagen as well as to highlight the challenges of climate change already faced by communities in the Hindu Kush Mountains.

The region has already seen considerable change in the climate due to global warming. The entire village of Sonoghor was destroyed three years ago by glacier outburst flood while snow avalanches have destroyed two other villages.

Melting glaciers in the Eastern Pamir region are a vital source of water. Cultivation for centuries in the entire northern Pakistan has relied on them. If these natural water reservoirs dry up, villages would have no option other than to migrate. Participants of the rally unanimously passed a resolution as a step to solving their climate change induced challenges.

Photo: Chitral Association for Mountain Area Tourism